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The paradoxes of empowerment: gendering NREGA in the rural landscape of India
Univ Nottingham, Sch Polit & Int Relat, Nottingham NG7 2RD, England..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)In: Development in Practice, ISSN 0961-4524, E-ISSN 1364-9213, Vol. 26, no 1, 127-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The growing importance of public works programmes (PWPs) as a social protection tool has attracted significant scholarly attention. However, despite the fact that the empowerment of marginalised communities is one of the key objectives of most PWPs, scant attention has been dedicated to this crucial issue. We contextualise these concerns in relation to India's Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). In particular, we propose two areas which are relatively unexplored. First, the methodologies currently used to research NREGA and PWP, more generally, need to be broadened. Second, the processes that lead to empowerment need to be researched empirically.

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2016. Vol. 26, no 1, 127-134 p.
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Aid - Development policies, Monitoring and evaluation, Labour and livelihoods - Poverty reduction, Gender and diversity, Methods, South Asia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274267DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2016.1119805ISI: 000366600300012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-274267DiVA: diva2:912725
Available from: 2016-03-17 Created: 2016-01-20 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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